CONSILIUM’S LEADERSHIP TEAM
HOWARD LEEDHAM MBE
SIMON FORDHAM OBE
Simon is an internationally recognised commercial risk and security corporate professional working out of the City of London. He has extensive EMEA and Far East operational experience against organised crime, terrorists and single issue activists.
Simon is a leading crisis negotiator with a tested doctrine supporting Lloyds of London Insurance Syndicates, and retained corporate/individual clients countering kidnap for ransom, maritime piracy, and criminal extortion.
He holds non executive appointments including Chairman of the ICSPA (International Cyber Security and Protection Alliance).
Formerly a senior UK military officer with a career that spanned the spectrum of UK operations as a combat commander, intelligence officer, and UK Special Forces officer – as well as service within NATO, UN, US and African Forces.
Howard has lived and worked in Asia and the Middle East for the majority of the past 12 years. He has a business background within the regulated financial, aviation and security sectors; he has worked most recently at CEO level in the Dubai International Financial Centre.
He financed a maritime commercial security provider operation and, as Senior Managing Director for the Argent Group, drove its global expansion in UK, India and the Middle East.
Formerly a UK Navy commando pilot, clearance diver and Special Forces officer, he also served with the Unites States Marine Corps in the Gulf War. Significantly, post military service he was sought out by the US State Department to construct and lead a heli-borne assault force with Pathan militia on the Pakistan/Afghan border which was credited with making the most important single contribution to border security in that region.
MAJOR GENERAL ADEWUNMI AJIBADE OOM
WEST AFRICA PARTNER
JULIE ANNE FLORES
REGIONAL CONSULTANT (FAR EAST)
MICHAEL J. STANNARD
Gen. Adewunmi Ajibade is currently Chairman/ CEO of Nibras Nigeria Ltd and Wendler Nigeria Ltd, an Armoured Technology Development company, and a Director of Port 2 Port West Africa Ltd. He is a Military, Intelligence and Security Consultant with over 10 years experience since retirement from the Nigerian Armed Forces in October 2005, following 37 years of meritorious service.
He worked in various arms of the Armed Forces at Unit, Brigade, Divisional Army, Defence Headquarters and in the Presidency-State House. He served in various capacities including the Defence Intelligence Agency Nigeria, as Deputy Chief of Defence, Intelligence Director of Military Intelligence, Director of Training at The Defence Headquarters, Principal Staff Officer (“PSO”) and Deputy National Security Adviser (“DYNSA”) at The Office of the National Security Adviser and was a senior Directing Staff at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic studies (“NIPPS”), Nigeria.
He also served as Principal Staff Officer (PSO), ECOMOG, Liberia. In recognition of his contribution to the Security of the West Africa sub-region (ECOWAS), he was decorated with the National Honours Award of the Officer of the Mono (“OOM”) of Togo Republic by Late President Eyadema. He was also awarded the ECOMOG Medal of Honor.
Gen. Ajibade has been privileged to attend several Military Intelligence / Security courses on tactical, strategic, technical intelligence in the USA, Italy, UK and Nigeria amongst others.
He is a Fellow of the National Defence College and a Graduate of the UN Staff College ILO Centre, Torino, Italy, He holds a Master of Arts Degree on Strategy (specializing in Intelligence and International Security) from Kings College, University of London.
Based in Manila, Julie Anne Flores holds responsibility for business development management, implementation and coordination for Consilium’s service lines in the Philippines and Far East.
Julie Anne epitomizes the operational entrepreneurism and energy upon which Consilium thrives and brings an extensive regional and business network to the Consilium team.
Prior to joining Consilium, Julie Anne spent ten years in the private banking and oil and gas sectors before moving into niche business development in the renewable energy sector, where she remains a major shareholder. Her other, previous skills, include human resource coordination and management both in the Middle and Far East.
Michael is an internationally acknowledged director in the leadership and delivery of matters relating to business intelligence, due diligence, fraud investigation and asset recovery.
He is an acknowledged expert in Deep Web Mining and Social Media monitoring and a trusted advisor and consultant to worldwide government agencies, international law firms, corporations and financial institutions.
He has lead business and Internet intelligence teams in some of the leading financial consultancies including the “Big 4”. He has been a Director of Operations in two of the world’s leading risk management companies and has served on public and private sector advisory committees in the U.K. and the U.S.A.
In his earlier career he commanded intelligence and operational teams within U.K. Customs Investigation Service and was the department’s first graduate of the FBI National Academy.
James has an international reputation as a Corporate Communications Systems Engineer and large scale Project Director spanning over 30 years, and is recognised as a global expert on large scale commercial automation.
James has had a long and varied career in the financial, media and telecom sectors. He has created and built novel “out of the box” security and system models, supply chain automation as well as video online and document exchange gateways for global corporates. These have effectively reduced sourcing expenditure and increased project value through simplifying the device-person relationship and building brand value through unrivalled assurance.
He has a particular motivation to identify, modify or leverage state of the art and emerging technologies to secure shareholder competitor advantage and significant commercial return.
Since 1997, James has pioneered and delivered security enhancing measures on global financial processes, extending security algorithms for large scale information transfer from data warehouses to mobile devices and simplifying processes for complex IT architectures. He has rolled out robust e-billing across 52 operating countries.
Frank Kane is a veteran media commentator and financial journalist in the UAE. After a 30-year career on some of the biggest newspapers in London, including the Financial Times, Sunday Times and Observer, he moved to Dubai in 2006.
He has since been involved in the launch of three newspapers in the UAE, including the National of Abu Dhabi. He is currently senior business commentator for Jeddah-based Arab News and Vice President (Communications) for Consilium. He lives in Dubai with his wife and daughter.